Editor: Azra Ceylan

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan last week said that the world is soon to find out “what Turkey is doing in Syria and Libya.” Turkey has been involved in the ongoing civil war in Syria and Libya. Various international players as well as Turkish opposition have been critical of Ankara’s policies in these countries from the very beginning. 

In this episode, Duvar English’s editor-in-chief Cansu Çamlıbel and pollster Can Selçuki are joined by former Turkish diplomat Aydın Selcen to discuss the latest foreign policy moves of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) government. Selcen, who is also a columnist for Duvar English, talks about what he would advise the government if he was a top diplomat on the job today working on the files concerned.

While analyzing the consequences of Turkey’s military involvement in Libya, they look for answers whether Ankara could manage to turn its “military success” into viable polities. They also debate if a new Turkish military intervention into Syria looms on the horizon.

Pollster Selçuki provides fresh data on how Turkish society perceive Ankara’s motives behind sending the Turkish troops to Libya and Syria. He also analyzes whether Ankara’s course correction efforts to mend fences with the West resonates with Turkish people.

This podcast was prepared with support from Heinrich Böll Stiftung’s Turkey Representation.